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The SAT is a globally recognized
college admission test that’s accepted at all U.S. colleges. The PSAT provides an important measure of each student’s readiness for advanced coursework, college and careers, and preparation for future college readiness examinations. The PSAT is administrated to all Grade 10 students in October of each year. The SAT is offered to all Grade 11 students during the school day in March or April of each year. MCPS PSAT/SAT School Day.
The SAT measures the skills and knowledge that research
shows are the most important for success in college and
career. It includes the following sections.
EVIDENCE-BASED READING AND WRITING
This section is made up of a Reading Test and a Writing and
Language Test, each composed of multi-paragraph passages
and multiple-choice questions.
The Reading Test measures comprehension and reasoning
skills and focuses on close reading of passages in a wide
array of subject areas. The Writing and Language Test
measures a range of skills including command of evidence,
expression of ideas, and the use of standard English
conventions in grammar and punctuation.
This section includes multiple-choice and studentproduced response questions. It assesses skills in algebra,
problem solving and data analysis, manipulation of complex
equations, geometry, and trigonometry.
The SAT Essay asks students to read a high-quality source
text and write an effective analysis of that text using
evidence drawn from the source. It measures a range of
skills in reading, analysis, and writing
Students receive a total score that is the sum of their scores
on the two sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
and Math). The optional SAT Essay is scored separately.
To calculate section scores, we first compute the student’s
raw score—the number of questions correctly answered—
for each section. Nothing is deducted for incorrect answers
or for unanswered questions.
Next, we convert each of the raw section scores to a scaled
score of 200 to 800. This conversion process adjusts for
slight differences in difficulty among versions of the test and
provides a score that is consistent across different versions.
The scaled scores are the scores provided on score reports.
The student score report clearly summarizes a student’s
current achievement levels and encourages next steps
to increase college and career readiness. You can help
students by going over their score reports and helping them
understand what their scores mean. Here’s how.
For each section, the score report includes an indicator
that shows whether the student’s score meets the college
§ If the student is meeting the benchmark for a section,
explain that this means they’re right on track to be ready
for college when they graduate from high school.
§ If the student isn’t meeting the benchmark for a section,
encourage them to strengthen their skills in that area.